Physical therapy - Joint manipulation

What is joint manipulation?

It’s a manual or hand technique to stabilize joints. It is a technique that applies specific amounts and types of force to Spinal and peripheral joints to make them move better. Its primary goals are

  • Reduce pain
  • Find a spot to fix your joints
  • Improve ROM (range-of-motion)

Chiropractors and physical therapists use this technique in order to improve functional mobility. If you’re in the area, visit the best San Diego Physical Therapy Clinic.

What is joint popping?

Every cell of our bodies shows respiration. It involves taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. Sometimes the carbon dioxide that has expired can be trapped in our joint and form a small gas pocket. The contract expands when pressure changes occur. You will hear a similar sound to the sound of a balloon popping when this gas is suddenly released using joint manipulation techniques. This is joint popping. Although it is a natural physiological phenomenon, it can also happen due to certain medical conditions.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs in the spine or neck
  • Spinal arthritis
  • After a period in which there was dysfunction, it is possible to move together.
  • Facial joint (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction   
  • Injuries to the joints

Non-medical causes can also cause it, including

  • Strain and excessive use
  • Inappropriate sitting and standing positions
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive Stretching

In these circumstances, the joint is temporarily immobilized and can be moved to anatomical positions. We can help! Visit the #1 La Jolla Physical Therapy Clinic.

Benefits of using the joint mobilization method

If you have joint dysfunction, your physical therapist may recommend joint mobilization and perform it for you. You can reap the following benefits from physical therapy:

  • Pain relief

Pain can be significantly reduced by joint mobilization. The pain receptors in the joint are reset when it is returned to its anatomical position.

  • Motion increases

Joint manipulation restores the normal position of joints and orientates their surfaces correctly. It is possible to achieve anatomical movements in the joints, which can reduce joint stiffness.

  • Muscle, tendon, ligament activation

The joint mobilization causes the muscle’s ligaments and tendons to be in a stable position around the joint. As a result, pain and stiffness are reduced and functional mobility is improved.


This is a highly effective technique for physical therapy. You can achieve maximum stability around your popped joints with this. Your joint will be restored to its normal position with this technique without the need for surgery.

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